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Postgreen at the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit

by Nic Darling on September 3, 2009 · 4 comments

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I know a lot of you out there have been anxiously waiting for another opportunity to watch me stand in front of a room full of people and talk (humor me). Well, lucky you, that opportunity is coming at the beginning of October. In fact, two such opportunities are on the horizon.

The Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit is a very long name for a great event that will be held Philadelphia this fall. The summit describes itself like this . . .

Creative industry types from across the world are coming to the City of Brotherly Love for Innovation Philadelphia’s second Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit on October 5-6, 2009.  Whether you are an entrepreneur, a graphic or web designer, business exec, or something in between, there is sure to be something for everyone with more than 100 speakers scheduled for this year’s event.  With a variety of panels and workshops, and keynote speakers such as Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert and social media guru Peter Shankman, the Summit is bringing together the best of the best from an assortment of creative industries to network, exchange ideas, and share information. Check out www.GCECS2009.com to register and to see all the latest news about the Summit.

This summit, which sounds like an otherwise professional and well crafted event, has decided to include me in their program not once but twice. On Monday, Oct. 5 at 11 I will be doing a short Pecha Kucha (20 slides at 20 seconds a piece) on the 100k and the future Postgreen Homes it has spawned. Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 I will be on a panel titled “Green Aesthetic: 21st Century Architecture” which is described like this:

Sustainable design has revolutionized the way architects, engineers and interior designers go about developing new residential and commercial buildings. Consumers are not only concerned about the environmental impact of their project, but also want a design that is aesthetically pleasing. At the new convergence of green building and design, where both are equally important, there is a tension for designers and architects to deliver a product that meets both requirements. Explore how practitioners are balancing sometimes competing interests of design and sustainability and how new models and materials are constantly being developed to move the green movement forward.

The fact that I am not an architect or designer doesn’t seem to concern them. Perhaps they are looking for another type of voice on the panel or maybe I am just the last pick for the kickball team. Maybe they read my old blog post on modern architecture and got the odd impression that I know what I’m talking about. Either way, I agreed to it, though I may try to pass this one off to someone else on the team.

So, if you haven’t already, mark the dates in your calendars. Even without my contribution, this should be a great event. I am particularly looking forward to hearing what Peter Shankman of HARO fame has to say. If you have other sessions you would like to plug or anything at all to say about this (words of encouragement welcome), do it in the comments.

If you enjoyed reading this post I can promise you'll love our new writing over at Postgreen Homes. Yeah, we know that's the same thing your favorite band said and their new album is nowhere near as good as their early stuff, but seriously, we are actually still getting better.

There also isn't much conversation to be had here . . . at least not with us. So come on over to the Postgreen Homes Blog and tell us what you think of our new(ish) digs and crazy ideas. We will be sure to tell you what we think of your opinion.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alina September 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Yes, we are looking for a variety of voices and your success with the 100K house proves that you could be captain or at least shortstop on the kickball team. Hooray for a detailed conference title that ensures convergence of experience and discipline! We are looking forward to having you :)

2 GreenbuildinginDenver.com September 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I won’t be going to this, but if I were, I’d ask, “Nic, are you worried about the fact that 56% of the folks that commented on your Philadelphia Inquirer article said they thought the 100K was butt ugly?”

“Does your team have ideas to offer a model that’s perhaps less offensive to traditionalists, or will you just ignore them?”

3 Nic Darling September 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Alina – I am looking forward to it as well. Thank you so much for having me. And thanks for stopping by to comment.

Kevin – I am actually not that worried that 56% of the commenters on the Inquirer article aren’t fans of our architectural choices. The 44% that like it deserve some representation in a market awash with “traditional” (not my word choice) options. I’m actually pleased that we were actual able to present a design that elicited a response. If our home were vinyl sided with divided light windows and fake dormers, no one would have said a thing about it even though many people find that type of design visually offensive.

I don’t see us deviating from our modern design aesthetic as it is a major part of our brand. However, there will be plenty of variation within that style and who knows, we might even find something the more conservative folk might like.

4 Jerry Hajek September 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Chin up, Nic. You’re much better than last pick, and y’all as an entity (PG, 100K, etc.) are getting the notice (and notoriety) that you’ve all worked so hard for. Go forth and be the ‘expert’ (although there is the classical description of an expert being an unknown drip under pressure, but ignore this tired pun…) ;) .
Yes, the houses at this point are a bit boxy and plain at this point; people will complain as they always do when faced with the new and different. Y’all will improve and expand on the concept in time, and they will still complain. Listen, respond as possible, and carry the ball forward…
Even the last pick can surprise the outfield with a well-connected shot at the bleachers.
Go Forth: Take No Prisoners. *L* Good Variable Factors.

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